3 Ideas To Help With The Integration Of Solar Thermal Energy For Your Home

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If you want to have a more energy efficient home, solar is a great choice that gives you many different choices for your renewable energy solutions. Thermal energy is an affordable option that you may want to consider for the mechanical systems in your home. Solar collectors can be added to give you hot water and help improve the energy efficiency of conventional heating systems. Here are some ideas to help you with the integration of solar energy into your mechanical systems:  

1. Using A Tube Solar Hot Water Heater For Best Performance

There are two types of solar water heaters; one is a simple circuit of tubing that is dark to absorb heat. The other type of solar hot water heater is an evacuated tube design that has the pipes enclosed in glass tubes from improved performance. You may spend a little more on the tube design, but it will give you the most out of your investment in a solar hot water heater, and even provide you with thermal energy during cooler days, when the other systems do not. 

2. Add Capacity To The System With The Addition Of Thermal Storage

Having a solar water heater can give you a small amount of water that is usually collected in a small tank near the panel. This is something that can limit the uses of your thermal energy. If you want to use your solar energy for more than just hot water on occasion, adding an insulated thermal storage tank can help you to get more energy from the collector and options like integration with heating systems.

3. Use The Solar Water Heater For Hot Water, As Well As For Heating

The main reason you may have a solar water heater is for the hot water in your home. In addition to hot water, the solar water heater can also be used to provide your home with heating. It can be integrated with systems like boilers and furnaces to reduce the energy that conventional heating may use. With the addition of storage tanks, this is something that can easily be done for your home by adding a line that goes to the boiler or furnace.  

These are some tips to help you with the integration of solar mechanical systems into your home. If you are ready for a more efficient home, contact a hot water heater service (such as 2 Guys Plumbing and Heating Inc.) and talk with them about installing the solar hot water heater, thermal tanks and connecting them to existing systems.


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Green Living: A Guide to Saving on Energy Usage

Saving money is important in a home with six children. As they grow, the bills seem to grow with them. After paying a particularly high energy bill, I decided that enough was enough. I researched ways that I could make my home more energy efficient without spending a ton of money. To help other parents in the same boat, I created this blog. Helpful tips, such as replacing your home's windows, can save you a great deal of money in the long run. Hopefully, the information provided here can also help preserve the environment and make it a better place for our children.